Courses & Independent Study

Academic Civic Engagement at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning.

"Engagement in this sense is not just a proxy for learning but a fundamental purpose of education."- Lee Shulman, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Applied ACE

Spring 2015

  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Instructor Permission Required, waitlist only
  • HIST 216: History: Beyond the Walls
    This course will examine the world of history outside the walls of academia.
  • MATH 349: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
    Methods of teaching mathematics in grades 7-12. Issues in contemporary mathematics education. Regular visits to school classrooms and teaching a class are required. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.
  • PHIL 227: Philosophy of Education & Philosophy in Education
    This course looks at what it means to live an examined life while encouraging elementary school students to develop the skills of philosophical examination.
  • WGST 240: Gender, Globalization, and War
    This course examines the relationship between globalization, gender and militarism to understand how globalization and militarism are gendered, and processes through which gender becomes globalized and militarized.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology.
  • HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
    A narrative and survey of the early modern period (fifteenth through eighteenth centuries).
  • HIST 126: African American History II
    The transition from slavery to freedom; the post-Reconstruction erosion of civil rights; protest organizations and mass migration before and during World War I; roots of the modern Civil Rights movement, black female activism, and more.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    Students in this art course will create over 500 bowls for a yearly event to highlight the problems that hunger creates in society. The event is a fundraiser called Empty Bowls.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • ENTS 110: Environment and Society
    This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to a number of the pressing environmental changes currently facing human societies around the world.
  • GEOL 120.01: Introduction to Environmental Geology
    An introduction to geology emphasizing environmental health and humankind's use and abuse of soil, water, fuels, and other resources. Field trips and laboratories included.
  • ENTS 288: Abrupt Climate Change
    The field of abrupt climate change seeks to understand very fast changes, or "tipping points," in historical climate records.
  • ARCN 246: Archaeological Methods
    This course provides a hands-on introduction to the entire archaeological process through classroom, field, and laboratory components.

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Theoretical ACE

Spring 2015

  • POSC 120.01: Comparative Political Regimes
    An introduction to the fundamentals of government and the variety of ways politics is practiced in different countries.
  • PHIL 243: Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals
    This raises a pressing ethical question: what are our moral obligations (if any) to nonhuman animals, and how might we practically fulfill such moral obligations (if they exist)?
  • Hist 226: U.S. Consumer Culture
    In the period after 1880, the growth of a mass consumer society recast issues of identity, gender, race, class, family, and political life.

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